Cathedral (band)

Cathedral (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Cathedral

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Origin = Coventry, England
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Genre = Doom metal
Stoner doom
Years_active = 1989-present
Label = Rise Above Records (1990)
Earache Records (1991-99)
Ultimatum Records(1993)
Columbia/Sony (1992-1994)
Southern Lord Records (1999)
Dream Catcher Records (2001-2002)
Nuclear Blast Records (2004-Present)
Associated_acts = Napalm Death Acid Reign Firebird Pentagram Place of Skulls
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Current_members = Lee Dorrian
Garry Jennings
Leo Smee
Brian Dixon
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Cathedral are a doom metal band from Coventry, England.


The band was founded in 1989 by Lee Dorrian (a former member of Napalm Death), Mark 'Griff' Griffiths (a former Carcass roadie) and Garry 'Gaz' Jennings (formerly of Acid Reign). At first they played very heavy and slow doom metal that was first released through Rise Above Records, vocalist Lee Dorrian's indie label, before signing to Earache. They later incorporated elements of stoner rock and progressive rock into their sound when the band signed to Columbia Records in the USA in 1992 (while still under contract with Earache U.K.). They were later dropped by Columbia Records in 1994. The band continued with Earache Records until 2000. Then signed to Dream Catcher Records for one lp and a tour. In 2004 Cathedral signed to their current label Nuclear Blast.

In 1989 Lee Dorrian left his former band Napalm Death mainly because he was getting sick of the punk scene and did not like the death metal direction Napalm Death was heading towards. Cathedral was formed after Lee Dorrian and Mark Griffiths met and discussed their love for doom bands like Candlemass, Dream Death, Pentagram, Trouble, and Witchfinder General. Thus, Cathedral was born as a death/doom band on their first releases, but over time became what many consider to be "modern doom metal" and today, they are a stoner/groove metal band with some doom influences.

The only original band members in the current line-up are Lee Dorrian and Garry 'Gaz' Jennings on guitars, although Jennings did once leave the band in their early history, only to rejoin shortly afterwards.

Lee Dorian has also stated in an interview with the Chronicles of Chaos that Cathedral will end one day. That, unlike his previous band Napalm Death, Cathedral won't be around forever.


Current members

* Lee Dorrian - Vocals
* Garry Jennings - Guitar, Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals and Drums
* Leo Smee - Bass
* Brian Dixon - Drums

Former members

* Mark Griffiths - Bass
* Adam Lehan - Guitar
* Ben Mochrie - Drums
* Mike Smail - Drums
* Mark Wharton - Drums, Whistle and Flute
* Scott Carlson - Bass
* Victor Griffin - Guitar
* Joe Hasselvander - Drums
* Barry Stern - Drums
* Dave Hornyak - Drums



* "In Memoriam" (1990)
* "Demo # 2 -Forest of Equilibrium sessions" (1991)

Full-length albums

* "Forest of Equilibrium" CD/LP (1991 Earache Records)
* "The Ethereal Mirror" CD/LP (1993 Earache Records)
* "The Carnival Bizarre" CD/2x10" (1995 Earache Records)
* "Supernatural Birth Machine" CD (1996 Earache Records)
* "Caravan Beyond Redemption" CD (1999 Earache Records)
* "Endtyme" CD (2001 Earache Records)
* "The VIIth Coming" CD/2xLP (2002 Spitfire Records)
* "The Garden of Unearthly Delights" CD/2xLP (2006 Nuclear Blast Records)

Singles and EPs

* "Soul Sacrifice" CD/12" EP (1992 Earache Records) (Also featured as 1/4 of the "Gods of Grind" Earache CD)
* "Grim Luxuria" CD single (1993 Earache Records)
* "Midnight Mountain" CD single (1993 Earache Records)
* "Ride" CD single (1993 Earache Records)
* "Twylight Songs" 7" (1993 Earache Records)
* "Cosmic Requiem" CDEP (1994 Earache Records)
* "In Memoriam" CDEP/12" EP (1994 Earache Records)
* "Statik Majik" 12" EP (1994 Earache Records)
* "Hopkins (The Witchfinder General)" CDEP/10" EP (1996 Earache Records)
* "Gargoylian" 7" (2001 Southern Lord Records)

Other releases

* "In Memoriam" CD (2000 The Music Cartel)
* "Statik Majik/Soul Sacrifice" CD (1999 Earache Records)
* "Our God Has Landed" DVD (2001 Earache Records)
* "The Serpent's Gold" 2xCD (2004 Earache Records)

Professional Bootlegs

* "Echoes of Dirges From the Nave" (1991, Holland 4-6-91)
* "The Gods of Grind" (1992, Campaign For Musical destruction Tour)
* "Ride Through the Decay" (1992, Stuttgart, 12-28-92)
* "Let's Groove" (1994, Milan 12-24-94)
* "Cosmic Funeral" (1995, Milan 5-24-94)
* "Black Birth Machine" (1997, California 4-14-97)
* "Voodoo Caravan" (1999, Osaka 6-11-99)



* "Our God Has Landed" (2001)


[ Official Cathedral website]
Includes discography and extensive band biography

External links

* [ Cathedral Coven] — Official website

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